Government Documents and the CCSS

A Lesson for 4th Grade English AND History Class

An Overview

The links below provide your students with several different types of infographics that describe the process of how a bill becomes a law. Students could work individually or in a small group to compare, contrast, and interpret the different infographics. By doing so, the student (or students) will develop an overall understanding of the law making process in our government and gain exposure to different ways to present ideas.

The student (or students) could showcase an understanding of the overall lawmaking process in a format of your choosing in addition to sharing an argument about what infographic was most effective and why.

Before submitting work, students should listen to other student showcases and could watch the Schoolhouse Rock video to review and check their thinking.

To see how this activity for either English or History class connects to CCSS, please read the information at the bottom of this SMORE document.

4th Grade Common Core State Standards


Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.


Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

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